Putting Bold Aspirations into Action

Implementation Progress

Visit this site often to get updates on the actions we are undertaking to implement the strategic plan. The full strategic plan includes six goals and 22 individual strategies to achieve those goals. A small, but representative, implementation steering committe is overseeing the overall implementation and progress of Bold Aspirations. The implementation steering committee meets once a quarter, but monthly updates across all actions are available below.

Last year, the implementation team focused on six key areas to move us forward in accomplishing the goals set forth in Bold Aspirations. You can read about the tremendous progress we, as a university community, made in 2011-2012 in the Bold Aspirations Annual Report. The second annual report will be available in early fall 2013.

Provost Jeffrey Vitter notes that the success of our transformation relies on the continued input and engagement of the entire community. With that spirit in mind we turn our attention to the third year of implementing the strategic plan. In Year 3 we will focus on:

  • Redesigning courses to bring new technologies to the classroom that encourage active learning
  • Attracting and recruiting the leaders and innovators of tomorrow through expanded use of Prospect, a software product that allows graduate programs to manage prospective graduate students and applicants
  • Continuing to invest in our strategic initiative themes through two strategic initiative theme research summits, the Research Investment Council, Foundation Professors, and Bold Aspirations Visitor and Lecture Series
  • Vetting and refining the post-tenure review policy, developed by a committee comprised of diverse faculty and governance representation, for submission to the Kansas Board of Regents in spring 2014
  • Creating and vetting a new campus master plan that will capitalize on our historical and geographic assets and develop new modern research facilities that will advance our mission
  • Sustaining our investment in Changing for Excellence as we implement the new faculty and staff recruitment module, Kenexa, and commence the second year of implementing shared service centers
Bold Aspirations

Bold Aspirations is the strategic plan for KU, comprising individual plans for the following:

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Matt Menzenski, a graduate student in Slavic languages & literatures, took this photo during President Obama’s speech at KU Thursday. Menzenski says he was struck by how relaxed the president was in his delivery. He missed a chance to hear former President Bill Clinton speak in his hometown in 2004, but finally got to see a sitting president this week at KU. “The opportunity to hear the president speak is just one of many great opportunities I've had at KU. So many interesting talks and events happen here all the time. I try to attend at least one a week-- it's never hard to find something interesting to go to.” Tags: University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences KU School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures KU Dept of Slavic Languages - Friends & Alumni Barack Obama The White House #exploreKU #POTUSatKU

Explore KU: The Bells of Mount Oread KU’s Campanile, a 120-foot-tall timepiece that tolls automatically on the hour and quarter-hour, not only sounded in the 2015 New Year at midnight with 12 mighty gongs, but also regularly rings up memories for many Jayhawks – the 277 faculty and students who gave their lives during World War II, the graduates who walk through its doors at commencement, and aspiring students who have strolled through the Lawrence campus. (See http://bit.ly/1xjjwJj). For nearly 60 years, KU’s 53-bell carillon has been tolling the sounds of peace and serenity across Mount Oread since it was installed in June 1955 inside the landmark World War II Memorial Campanile, which was dedicated in 1951. (See http://bit.ly/1BoL9jv) The carillon is also a four-octave musical instrument, which is played with a giant keyboard and foot pedals. University Carillonneur Elizabeth Egber-Berghout (http://bit.ly/14fiBPl), associate professor of carillon and organ, climbs 77 steps up a spiral staircase in the bell tower to perform recitals several times a month.


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